Tuesday 21 January 2020

Dutch football clubs to halt play this weekend in racism protest

The two Dutch professional football leagues will hold a protest against racism this weekend, as fallout from the racist chanting by Den Bosch supporters last weekend continues.

All Eredivise and first division players will stand still for the first minute of each match as a protest against the abuse of ethnic minority players. The  protest has been organised by the leagues, rather than the Dutch FA.

Scoreboards and video screens will also show anti-racism messages during the matches. The leagues have asked the KNVB to add the missing minute to extra time to compensation for the lost play.

On Tuesday too, the Dutch national football team issued an strong anti-racism statement on social media ahead of their EU qualifier against Estonia.

The Dutch FA and prosecution service are investigating the incident which led to the match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior being suspended after Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira complained of being targeted by a section of the home fans.

It is the first time a professional match in the Netherlands has been stopped because of racism.

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